Type: Single Malt
Score: 88 points
Kilchoman is Islay’s smallest distillery, and the barley for this release was grown on the farm in 2009 where the distillery is located. Malting was done on-site, along with all of the distilling, maturation in ex-Bourbon casks, and bottling.
Four years later, the result is a whisky with a nose that’s mildly peaty with notes of honey, vanilla, and heather. The taste has a good peaty burst with a sharp bite at first that fades slowly to reveal hints of honey, oak, and vanilla. The peatiness and those same notes keep lingering through the soft and consistent finish. (October, 2013)